ASDAT Team

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment Team (ASDAT) is an experienced multidisciplinary team for children and young people up to their 16th birthday who have complex social and communication difficulties.

The Autism Spectrum Disorders Assessment Team (ASDAT )is made up of the following disciplines:

  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Community Paediatrics
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech & Language Therapy

with support from an administrator and a clinical team manager.

Children under 5 years 6 months can only be referred for ASD assessment through joint agreement between a Community Paediatrician and the child’s Speech and Language Therapist, with those specific professionals making the referral.  If the child is not already known to both these teams then referral should be made to these specialists who will then decide with the family about autism assessment.

What is Autism

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.

 It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.

Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.

For further information about Autism Spectrum Disorder please see the National Autism Societies website: www.autism.org.uk

Step by Step guide to making a request for help

 

The general Request for Help form can be used for the following services or if you are unsure which service you need:

  • Health Visiting (over 2 years)
  • School Nursing
  • Family Support
  • Targeted Youth Support
  • Parenting Support
  • Video Interaction Guidance
  • Early Years Inclusion Service

Follow the links below for these specific services:

ASDAT Contact Information

Existing Referrals and Enquiries

Contact the Children’s Services Care Management Centre on:
 01872 221400

Email: cpn-tr.ChildrensCMC@nhs.net
Address:
Children’s Services Care Management Centre
Truro Health Park
Infirmary Hill
Truro
 Tr1 2JA

New Referrals

Contact the Early Help Hub on:
Tel: 01872 322277
Email: earlyhelphub@cornwall.gov.uk
or if you wish to make a referral please use the appropriate link below.
The website for professionals is www.cornwall.gov.uk/earlyhelphub

The website for parents is www.cornwall.gov.uk/earlyhelp

Download the ASDAT Leaflet

Links

The National Autism Society www.autism.org.uk

The Cornwall Council Autism Spectrum Team – providers of support and training for school and families once a child has received a diagnosis of Autism www.cornwall.gov.uk

Family Support Service – providers of support for families regarding behaviour, sleep and general parenting support www.cornwall.childrensservicedirectory.org.uk